What does the word arabesque mean?

Usage examples for arabesque

  1. This was a large room, with a splendidly inlaid and polished floor, the walls covered with crimson satin, the cornices heavily incrusted with gold, and the ceiling beautifully painted in arabesque. – Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, v1 by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Edition: 10 Language: English
  2. But this attempt at Goldsmith's manner followed a long time after I tried to write in the style of Edgar A. Poe, as I knew it from his 'Tales of the Grotesque erred Arabesque. – Literature and Life by William Dean Howells
  3. A note would shimmer into existence from some undefined starting point, then glide through the scale via a subtle arabesque as he stretched the playing string diagonally against a fret, manipulating its tension. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover